Oberammergau is a small village but a magnet for tourism in southern Germany.
Oberammergau is renowned for its history and its wonderful selection of painted houses - most of the visitors arrive in the summer drawn by the sights and the selection of woodcarving and Christmas shops.
The attractions are still there in the winter - but they are joined by some spectacular scenery and winter sports activities.
For sure, many people love the cross-country skiing trails around the village of Oberammergau - Germany has little better to offer in the winter than the tracks out towards Linderhof Castle with a magical beauty on a clear day with crisp snow and blue skies.
But the village also offers a decent amount of skiing for the visitor, even if it is never going to rival the larger resorts to the south. And good skiers on a short stay here may be surprised by the nature of one of the unpisted runs on the Laber mountain behind the town.
The principal ski area is on the other side of the main road at the Kolben area and offers a gentle selection of runs for beginners and intermediates.
The accommodation in Oberammergau is plentiful due to the various attractions in the area - even if it is concentrated in the three stars and below class.
Oberammergau is easily reached from the north and the rest of Germany via the motorway south from Munich. The turn-off for Oberammergau is a short distance from the end of the motorway. A good road from the south leads from Austria via Seefeld, Mittenwald and Garmisch. A regular train service operates from the main Munich railway station.
Most visitors would probably arrive through Munich airport, further away than Innsbruck but with mainly motorway connections. Innsbruck airport is closer but the roads are more liable to be closed in case of heavy snow. Salzburg is a more distant but possible option on motorway connections. Car hire is available at all airports.
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